|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1924, Mexico|
|Death: ||Jul. 19, 2009|
Maximillion Mathias (Max) Demel was born on October 11, 1924 in Saltillo, Mexico, the seventh child of Matt J. and Emilia (Glumpler) Demel. He moved to the Pep, Texas community in August of 1925 at the age of one. His favorite subjects were Math and baseball. He quit school to help his father work on the family farm.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, as a sergeant in the 43rd Infantry Division. During his tour of duty, he survived three beach heads; the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and Luzon Philippines. Max was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Star, and a Military Citation in Luzon in 1945. When the war ended, he received an honorable discharge and retuned to Pep to start his own farming and ranching operation.
On August 17, 1948 he married Ina Ruth Hardin from Munday, Texas at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Pep. They shared 45 years of marriage. Ruth was taken to the Lord on June 4, 1993. Their marriage was blessed with six children (three sons and three daughters).
Max's life spanned the Great Depression, World War II and the new Millennium. Each helped to form the person he became. Max was a man of strong faith and conviction, perhaps best regarded for his kindness, friendliness and an ornery sense of humor.
He understood the importance of family and community. Except for his military service overseas during W.W. II, Max always called Pep, Texas home.
He was truly a small town county man. He was very much one of the Greatest Generation, both wise and frugal, and just as many people of that era and background were, he was always willing to lend a helping hand to a friend or neighbor.
Max was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, who shared his great faith in God. He was a devout Catholic with a great love for the Lord. Max volunteered his time to help strengthen his church, community and country. His legacy will be remembered as a man of unconditional love, unselfishness, faith, strength and integrity. If a man's worth could be measured by how much he was loved, Max Demel was a man beyond means.
He passed away peacefully on July 19, 2009 at his home after a brief illness. When he was called home by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he was reunited with his beloved wife, Ruth; his parents; his brothers and sister; and many dear friends and loved ones.
Those left to cherish his memory are three sons, Myles Demel and wife Raoma of Levelland, Jonathan Robert Demel and wife Shawna of Whiteface and Stephen Demel of Smyer; three daughters, Sheri Stone and husband Tommy of Tahoka, Texas Susan Gandy and husband Curtis of Morton and Josephine Macha and husband Joseph of Plainview; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ethel Burt of Amarillo, Lily Sommers of Palm Springs, Calif., Viola Miller of Levelland and Margaret Ruzicka of Lubbock.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.
Rosary services will be held at Hammons Funeral Home Chapel in Littlefield at 7 p.m. this evening. Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Pep, Texas with Father Heriberto Mercado officiating. Burial will follow at St. Philip Neri Cemetery with military honors.
Parent: Mathias John "Matt" DEMEL
Parent: Emilia Christina GLUMPLER
Spouse: Ina Ruth HARDIN
Matt Demel (1887 - 1948)
Emilia Demel (1891 - 1934)
Ina Ruth Demel (1929 - 1993)
Saint Phillips Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Hockley Neighbors
Record added: Jul 21, 2009
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